From West to East
From West to East
When we talk about migration in Europe, generally people talk about two different flows: illegal immigration flows from third world countries (Middle East, Asia, Africa) // infra migration flows from Eastern to Western Europe. This infra migration flow produces both opportunities and challenges for European countries. In time of Covid-19, one challenge is very much visible: the lack of workforce in health systems. Other challenges exist such as emigration of youth (the most dynamic and innovative part of the society), decline of population or quest for identity, etc. Europe should be a place of permanent interactions and exchanges. Consequently, East-West migration flows cannot be excessively asymmetrical compare to West-East migration flows as it will produce important disequilibrium. To counter the problems of emigration in Central and Eastern Europe, West-East migration has to be stimulated. Ukraine as an important emigration country is an interesting example and the project will focus on how to improve Ukraine’s attractiveness in order to stimulate the arrival of Western Europe’s citizens. In this case two types of public can be targeted: Ukrainian diasporas (both Ukrainians and bi-nationals) living in Western European countries who plan to come back to their home country and Western European youth looking for professional challenges. Our study will focus on four countries: France, Germany, Poland and Ukraine. The objectives of this project are to improve Ukraine’s attractiveness in Western Europe (providing recommendations to key stakeholders) and to stimulate Western European countries’ migration flows towards Ukraine. Obviously, in parallel, the project will aim to Strengthen links and networks between Ukraine and Western European countries (France, Germany and Poland).
Romain Le Quiniou
Romain Le Quiniou is co-Founder and Managing Director of Euro Créative, the first think tank in France focusing specifically on Central and Eastern Europe. In parallel, he is currently a PhD student at Graz University dealing with the impact of European poltical groups on de-democratization processes occurring in Central Europe and in the Western Balkans. Romain is also Fellow at Polish-based think tank WiseEuropa analysing European Affairs and implementing several European projects.
Euro Créative is a French independent and non-profit think tank based in Paris. It is the first organisation in France focusing specifically on Central and Eastern European multi-thematic developments (political, economic, societal and cultural). The general objective of Euro Créative is to promote the development of greater interest and knowledge of CEE countries in France. Various activities are offered such as writing analytical articles, thematic reports, public and private events/webinars as well as European projects. There is a great need to improve knowledge and interest in France about CEE countries in order to reduce clichés and participate in the reinforcement of the European unity (and thus reduce the persistent East-West divisions).
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